historic vs historical : Common Errors in English

About historic vs historical

The meaning of “historic” has been narrowed down to “famous in history.” One should not call a building, site, district, or event “historical.” Sites may be of historical interest if historians are interested in them, but not just because they are old. In America “historic” is grossly overused as a synonym for “older than my father’s day.”

historic Meaning(s)

  • (s) belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past
  • (s) important in history

historical Meaning(s)

  • (a) of or relating to the study of history
  • (s) having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary
  • (s) belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past
  • (a) used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time

historic in News

  1. Historic Alden House opens for season in Duxbury

    The Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury is open for another season of tours in Duxbury. The home of America’s first family is a National Historic Landmark.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Patriot Ledger

  2. Historic Fort Collins trolley offers free rides for dads

    The historic streetcar serving Old Town Fort Collins will offer free rides to fathers and grandfathers on Sunday in honor of Father's Day when they are accompanied by a fare-paying child or adult.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Fort Collins Coloradoan

  3. Historic museum re-opens with Ney Day

    AUSTIN -- The historic Elisabet Ney Museum will host ‘Ney Day’ a free, fun, family-friendly event June 15 to celebrate the museum’s recent renovation and to welcome back the community after being closed for nine months. Saturday's Ney Day activities from noon to 5 p.m. will include music, a portrait sculpture demonstration, jugglers, children’s activities and tours of the museum.  The former ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: KVUE-TV Austin

historical in News

  1. Tewksbury Historical Society Meeting set for June 29th

    The Tewksbury Historical Society will hold its 20th annual meeting on Saturday, June 29th starting at 1:00pm in the Tewksbury Library. The library is not normally open but will be for this special pre
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Tewksbury Town Crier

  2. Historical Society Looks To Preserve Past

    Cataloging, digitizing project is ongoing Established in late 1999, the Floral Park Historical Society (FPHS) continues to move forward with its mission to promote historical research and educate residents about the rich history of Floral Park and Long Island. Over the past 14 years, the society has garnered a collection of artifacts that range from early 1900s newspaper clippings to a charred ...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Floral Park Dispatch

  3. Historical Society trip to Culinary Institute, Locust Grove

    CHESTER — Join the Chester Historical Society on Tuesday, June 18, for a day trip to the culinary Institute of America and Locust Grove, home of Samuel F.B. Morse.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Goshen Chronicle

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